With each passing day it becomes more and more apparent that reuniting the Holy Roman Empire and becoming the Holy Roman Emperor is my only viable future career path.
What is ideology? Well, Wikipedia actually has a fairly good definition:
An ideology is a set of beliefs and values attributed to a person or group of persons, especially as held for reasons that are not purely epistemic.
When they say we don’t hold these beliefs epistemically, they basically mean that we don’t fully comprehend their influence, we don’t always know they are there affecting us.
Many theorists have written about this definition, carrying on for paragraphs about just what ideology really is. No doubt, it is a strange concept. You would not necessarily believe it is there unless you tried to look for it. Basically, and to speak in a literary way, ideology is the theme of life in your particular place and time. The American culture, the Japanese culture, the French culture, and so on, all have different ideologies. Furthermore, there are ideologies within specific communities like the scientific community or the literary community. Ideology is a world view built up out of commonalities between people from different classes, races, genders, faiths, occupations, and so on.
If you think about some of the common “American” things like the Ford Mustang we get some sense of what it means to be American. Ideology is a large part of culture. You can probably imagine a giant billboard on the side of the highway that says simply, “Mustangs are awesome!” And this would be perfectly acceptable. Certainly, many people would find this billboard likable. You can imagine yourself agreeing with someone who happens to say this in conversation.
Likewise, the culture itself, as a discrete collective being, says things. We believe America is “The Land of the Free” because, well, that is what we are told. You may not necessarily know who said that, but someone certainly did somewhere, sometime. Now, this statement lives on through repetition by other people in music, movies, advertisements, etc. Through culture, messages are passed around and this creates an overall series of messages that exist above any one person. This is ideology. Furthermore, this whole concept about an object being an icon is rather “American,” too. Americans may be considered materialistic because we often think of objects as defining us. I want the latest smartphone because it does all of these great things and I will, therefore, be awesome. If I buy the brand new sports car, I will be able to drive around stylishly, and people will think I am awesome. This itself is a result of the American ideology. Some people do not necessarily feel this way because they have grown out of this belief system.
Beyond that, there are many philosophical debates about ideology, mainly, whether or not we can escape it. Basically, if you are like me, you would say that these people can stand on either side but that will hardly make a difference as to whether or not a person can escape ideology. It seems to me that if you know what it is, you understand what it says, and you try to avoid its influence, then you have escaped already. Nonetheless, Althusser, in his essay, “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses,” says (among other things) that there are only higher and higher levels of ideology, that one never fully escapes ideology.
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What do you think is the secret behind the exclamation mark?
Simple, it’s such a sharp truth blunt to digest. You can’t deny it and that’s the biggest mile of your life you tread for , how nuch you try to avoid it.
The only thing that keeps me beside you is your flourish spirit admitting your flaws to me.
The gravitational pull that the greatest platitudes [e.g. psycological explanations of a work that trace a character of a work to an event] seem to exert on the majority of psychologists has led them for several years to the study of “frustrations”; the involuntary fasting of rats serves as their infinitely fertile epistemological model.
[In contrast,] it is because of his double grounding in
that Laplanche was able to direct his study of Holderlin to a profound questioning of the negative, in which
- the Hegelian repetition of Jean Hippolyte
- the Freudian repetition of Jacques Lacan
find themselves repeated: repeated, that is, by the very necessity of
- their destined itinerary
- [the destiny’s] conclusion
– Michel Foucault, The Father’s “No” (Part IV: The Case of Holderlin), 1961
I literally can’t stop talking to my dog. I’m thinking it may be some form of Tourette’s lol
How can a fly be less important than a human?
One day everything I call mine, will no longer be mine
perpetuate itself. I walk the paths of pleasure because I seek the end.
The secret to life is to be able to feel how you feel without acting upon it
Putting People on a Pedestal
A major flaw in our society today is that we put many people in a pedestal and worship them. I am in fault of also doing this, I do this with many internet influencers and it is a bad habit of the human mind. Though executing these
thoughts and mindset is toxic. We expect people to have not done mistakes in the past. We expect them to act like the persona they put online and the persona we have constructed for them in our imagination.
This is completely wrong, one of our many purposes on Earth is to evolve mentally and morally; we mold ourselves to what we believe is deem right for us. We learn through our mistakes and fix them. Many don’t evolve because they don’t put in the action of change, but many do see their mistakes and decide to change. Albeit their mistakes can be from a a day ago, a week ago, a month ago or even a year ago, they are still trying to change. Everyone is human and not a super human who immediately knew what is wrong from the moment they were born. They learned what was wrong and right from experience and change.
Did you immediately knew that lying was wrong?
Though a lot of things can be a learned/taught behavior and no one knew when something was immediately correct or incorrect. We had to experience it ourselves and to see if we wanted to change ourselves to fit the narrative we want to say.
In the end, we are all humans living a human experience. It is our decision if we want to evolve our mindset or be comfortable and still with the one we have.